Alex Ovechkin is a big fan of hockey history and a big collector of hockey gear. Given that he continues to break historic milestones, much of the gear he collects is his own, but he had a request of Wayne Gretzky for a game-used stick.
Gretzky, of course, agreed, but he had a condition.
"Everybody knows I'm a huge stick collector and have almost 100 sticks," Ovechkin said in a Hockey at Home joint interview with Gretzky hosted by NBCSN's Kathryn Tappen. "After a dinner, I ask him like, Wayne, can you give me a game-used stick? I don't know if you still have it or not. And he said, yeah, win the Cup and I'll give you a stick."
You may be surprised by that, but Gretzky's challenge came from a good place. Prior to Washington's Cup run in 2018, Gretzky said publicly that he hoped Ovechkin would one day win a Cup.
"[Ovechkin] loves the game, he’s good for the game and when a guy like that loves it so much, you hope his name is on the Stanley Cup," Gretzky said. "He’s got everything in hockey but that."
Ovechkin delivered in 2018 as the Capitals won the first Cup in franchise history with Ovechkin claiming the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP. After Ovechkin delivered, so did Gretzky.
"We won the Cup and I tell [Capitals vice president of communications Sergey Kocharov], Sergey I need Wayne's stick because he promised me," Ovechkin said. "Finally I get the stick and I was happy like a little kid to have a Christmas gift. It's in my collection."
The full interview with Ovechkin and Gretzky will premiere on Monday, April 20 at 5 p.m. on NBCSN. Ovechkin and Gretzky will also face one another in NHL 20 on April 22 to help raise money for coronavirus relief efforts. You can read more information on it here.
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